...I would like to thank my brother Marc, whose involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas. (From the Acknowledgements)Blah, blah, blah...
In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism's glories than of socialism's greatness. Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation. Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party never attained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular did the socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation's established parties?and
The story is a sad but. also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radica1s have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one's fellows than it is to 'battle an entrenched and powerful' foe. Yet if 'the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope.Some are trying to say that this was a dispassionate, non-partisan review; I don't see it. Red State has a link to a .pdf of the thesis; read it for yourself and see.
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